Life Sciences

  • Particle physicists design simplified ventilator for COVID-19 patients

    Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    An international team of particle physicists have paused their search for dark matter to focus on the needs of victims of the global pandemic — in particular, their need to breathe.

    In severe cases, COVID-19 can lead to pneumonia requiring mechanical ventilation, but the world’s supply of ventilators has proven too small for the exponentially increasing demand.

  • NSF RAPID grant awarded for study of how anxiety affects the spread of COVID-19 information

    Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Princeton researchers have been awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to study how anxiety about COVID-19 influences how we learn and share information about the pandemic.

    The NSF's Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program funds proposals that require quick-response research on disasters and unanticipated events.

    What the researchers find could help inform the design of campaigns to enhance communication of accurate information and decrease misinformation during times of crisis.

  • New mathematical model can more effectively track epidemics

    Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    As COVID-19 spreads worldwide, leaders are relying on mathematical models to make public health and economic decisions.

    A new model developed by Princeton and Carnegie Mellon researchers improves tracking of epidemics by accounting for mutations in diseases. Now, the researchers are working to apply their model to allow leaders to evaluate the effects of countermeasures to epidemics before they deploy them.

  • Science in the service of humanity: Princeton joins Rutgers, NJIT to advance health-related innovations

    Thursday, Feb 27, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Princeton faculty and student researchers make many discoveries that have the potential to address cancer, infectious disease, autism and other development disorders, and other medical, behavioral and health challenges.

    Now, a collaboration with Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology is making it easier and faster for Princeton's medical and health-related research to reach patients and the community.

  • It’s all in the delivery — nanoparticle platform could transform medical treatments

    Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020
    by Amelia Herb, Office of Engineering Communications

    Optimeos Life Sciences, a startup founded by two Princeton University faculty members, has reached agreements with six pharmaceutical companies to develop therapeutics using a Princeton-developed drug delivery technology. The collaborations have the potential to improve the effectiveness of medications for the treatment of diseases, ranging from cancer to diabetes.  

  • AI-based motion-capture system for animals has applications from drug development to ecology

    Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    A new system that uses artificial intelligence to track animal movements is poised to aid a wide range of studies, from exploring new drugs that affect behavior to ecological research. The approach, shown in the video above, can be used with laboratory animals such as fruit flies and mice as well as larger animals.

  • No laboratory needed: The Person Project mines social science data with secure online activities

    Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
    by Morgan Tucker, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Understanding the human psyche is complex, for ordinary people and scientists alike. Now, researchers at Princeton University have created a new tool for social scientists to study human psychology through a series of fun, thought-provoking activities.

    Launched this month, the Person Project website and smartphone app (available for both iPhone and Android) are designed to encrypt and store securely collected data from users who participate in these activities, providing an online platform for researchers to use in academic studies. 

  • Schmidt DataX Fund supports research projects that harness data science to speed up discovery

    Monday, Nov 18, 2019
    by Sharon Adarlo, Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

    Nine data-driven research projects have won funding from Princeton University’s Schmidt DataX Fund, which aims to spread and deepen the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning across campus to accelerate discovery.

    In February, the University announced the new fund, which was made possible through a major gift from Schmidt Futures.

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